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The Band (Orchestra) Director is Your Friend: Strategies for Building a Comprehensive Instrumental Music Department

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  • Your band or orchestra director should be your biggest ally and support system for your program. This clinic will present strategies that encourages band and orchestra directors to build an environment of collaboration leading to a comprehensive instrumental music department within their schools.
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  • 12/19/2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Krissi Davis is in her 15th year in education as the orchestra director at Grady High School in Atlanta Public Schools. She previously taught at the middle and high levels in Clayton County and Fayette County. While in Clayton County, she directed the Clayton County Middle School Honor Orchestra, and founded the Fine Arts Magnet Orchestra, now Stilwell School of the Arts Orchestra. While in Fayette County, she directed the Fayette Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Ms. Davis earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Georgia State University in 2004, and Master of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia in 2017. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Music Education at Georgia State University. Orchestras under her direction consistently earn superior ratings at GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations. Orchestras under her direction have traveled and presented performances in Washington, DC; Orlando, Fla; Symphony Hall in Chicago, Ill; Carnegie Hall in New York, NY; and most recently at the 2018 ASTA National Orchestra Festival. Students in her orchestras consistently participate in honor orchestras such as the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Georgia All-State Orchestra. Ms. Davis is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and currently serves as the GMEA District 5 orchestra chair. Ms. Davis has adjudicated GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations in several districts, and most recently presented a session at the 2018 GMEA In-Service Conference. Ms. Davis has also served on curriculum development committees Atlanta Public Schools and Clayton County Public Schools. She has worked as a guest clinician in various capacities and maintains a private violin studio.
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  • Gregory Denson
  • Gregory L. Denson is presently the Director of Bands at East Cobb Middle School in Marietta, GA. He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia having received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. After Morehouse, Denson attended The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where he received a Master of Music Education with teacher certification. Mr. Denson began his teaching career at D. M. Therrell High School in Atlanta. While at Therrell students participated in GMEA LGPE, performed in numerous college homecoming parades, the University of Georgia JanFest Clinic, and a host of community and civic events. Mr. Denson also served as the Co-Director of the Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Jazz Ensemble. Previously the Director of Bands at Sutton, the band program tripled under Mr. Denson’s tutelage. Students participated in Symphonic Band I, Symphonic Band II, Concert Band, woodwind ensemble, and brass ensemble. Students have been selected to participate in All-State, District Honor Band, All-City, UGA MidFest, Domecoming, Conn-Selmer Youth Band of Atlanta, and the APS Youth Symphony Orchestra. Most recently the Sutton Middle School Symphonic Band was selected to participate in the WorldStrides National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall (2016). Sutton Bands consistently earned superior ratings at GMEA District V LGPE and have established a tradition of musical excellence. Mr. Denson is currently completing a Ph.D. (ABD) in Music Education at Georgia State University.